It’s beginning to feel a lot like Fall! And this weekend offers the perfect opportunity to put on some of your favorite layers and get out and explore the Granite State.

Not sure where to start? Check out some of our event selections below! And be sure to share your favorite NH made memories with us in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Happy Weekending!

1. Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

At this 30th annual festival, 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants will serve an abundance of mouthwatering seafood. Choose from favorites, including fried clams, shrimp and lobster (steamed, fried, or in a roll) to nonseafood items such as BBQ ribs, “blooming onions” and sumptuous desserts. Though the food is the main attraction, you can also enjoy 80 arts and crafts vendors promoting locally made products and hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-the-season sidewalk sales. The three day festival also includes live music, activities for kids, a free shuttle and parking, 200-foot beverage tent and more.

Date: Friday, September 6 - Sunday, September 8

Time: Hours vary, see website for details

Location: Hampton Beach - Hampton, NH


Admission: $5-$10

2. Monarch Festival

There’s a lot to celebrate about the monarch butterfly’s rebound in numbers!

Come learn about the things you can do to help them, insects, and other pollinators. Visit the caterpillar rearing tent and watch Monarch tagging demonstrations.

There will be butterfly stories, fun games, and activities for kids. You’ll also have a chance to learn about butterfly gardening and visit the “Monarch Maternity Ward” garden to search for Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies.

Various vendors will be onsite and the farm stand will be open. 

Date: Saturday, September 7

Time: 9AM-4PM

Location: Petals in the Pines - 126 Baptist Rd., Canterbury, NH


Admission: $5 suggested donation

3. Laconia Multicultural Festival

Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Laconia and the Lakes Region: from its earliest days to recently arrived New Americans. In the last thirty years in particular, immigrants and political refugees/New Americans have arrived from almost every country in the world. 

The festival highlights the music, arts, crafts and cuisine in honor of this growing diversity. Authentic artists from various cultures in the community will also perform in Rotary Park. 

Date: Saturday, September 7

Time: 10AM-4PM

Location: Rotary Park and Downtown Laconia - Laconia, NH


Admission: Free

4. Rock & Roll Saturday Night

Enjoy an evening of great food and live music aboard the M/S Mount Washington! Treat yourself to a buffet style dinner and performances by Club Soda and Jim Hollis as you cruise around scenic Lake Winnipesaukee. 

Date: Saturday, September 7

Time: 6PM-9PM

Location: Mount Washington Cruises - 211 Lakeside Ave. Laconia, NH


Admission: $59 per person

5. Guided Evening Lantern Tour

Explore Lost River Gorge and the Boulder Caves at night by the light of lanterns and headlamps. Experience the same thrill and wonder of those who discovered the gorge in 1852. The mystery of the boulder caves and the astonishing rock formations become even more dramatic under the flicker of lantern light. 

These guided evening tours begin at dusk, take about 2 hours, and are followed by a special treat – s’mores around the campfire. All reservations must be made in advance by calling 603-745-8031; space is limited. 

Date: Saturday, September 7

Time: Hours vary, see website for details

Location: Lost River Gorge - 1712 Lost River Rd., North Woodstock, NH 


Admission: $35 per person


Looking to book the perfect Fall getaway? Click here to view our new Fall vacation packages! Or give us a call at 1-800-661-2243 to request more info about our Vacation Club.